This afternoon, Major League Baseball announced the results of the voting for the National League Gold Glove winners, as conducted by National League coaches and managers. The full team can be found here, but the result of most concern to Nats fans was at third base, where Ryan Zimmerman, the 2009 Gold Glove winner, was ousted by Scott Rolen of the Cincinnati Reds.
Now, Zimmerman was quite clearly the best defensive third baseman in the National League in 2009, saving about 14 runs for the Nationals that season. This season, Zimmerman's UZR/150 numbers improved by almost four whole runs, but he still lost out to Rolen, who saved 5.7 fewer runs for his team in 115 fewer innings.
So, yeah, I'd say he's got a complaint, but not nearly as much of a complaint as San Diego's Chase Headley, who, in 1,407 innings this past season posted a UZR/150 of 17.9. That's right, in 333 more innings, Headley saved approximately six more runs than Rolen.
Zimmerman is still the only Gold Glove winner in the history of the Nationals. Their predecessors, the Montreal Expos, boasted nine Gold Glove winners: Orlando Cabrera (SS, won in 2001), Marquis Grissom (OF, 1993-1994), Larry Walker (OF, 1992-1993), Andres Galarraga (1B, 1989-1990), Tim Wallach (3B, 1985, 1988, 1990), Andre Dawson (OF, 1980-1985), Gary Carter (C, 1980-1982), Ellis Valentine (OF, 1978), and Mike Jorgensen (1B, 1973).